To be sure the eye stalks were strong and wouldn't bend or break I sculpted them around wires which run from the eyes all the way down the neck. After the snail was sculpted and baked I gave him two coats of high gloss glaze for a nice wet look. This snail has a dwarf rider who looks likes he's having the time of his life. What could be more fun than riding a snail through the forest at breakneck speed? LOL
My next snail is a pretty purple girl with beautiful eyelashes made from feathers. I used gold beads for her eyes and reinforced her eye stalks with wires as I did for the first snail. To achieve the speckled appearance I mixed white embossing powder with the purple clay. She carries a pretty flower fairy on her back. You can see they've been out collecting wild flowers from the meadow. The fairy even made her pet snail a garland of bright yellow flowers to wear around her neck. A girl always likes to look pretty you know!
These two are obviously have a wonderful day together!
As with many of my creations, these whimsical snails are one of a kind sculptures. I'm never quite sure what they'll look like until I'm finished sculpting. Their personalities develop as I'm shaping the clay. I still have plenty of sea shells left in my craft stash, so I plan on making more of these fun characters. Stay tuned to see what else I come up with! ;-)
-Michelle of CreativeCritters
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